2004 Big Ten a Veteran League

The Big Ten may not have many quarterbacks returning for the 2004 season, but other than that it's a league of veterans -- with the noticable exception of two of last season's top three finishers, who have the LEAST number of returning starters!

Here are the number of returning starters for each Big Ten team, in order of most returnees to least (and with particular mention of the five returning starting quarterbacks):

Indiana (2003 record: 2-10, 1-7 in the Big Ten). 21 starters return (including QB Matt LoVecchio), 10 offense, 9 defense, plus both kickers.

Wisconsin (2003 record: 7-6, 4-4). 20 starters return, 10 offense, 8 defense, plus both kickers. Star returners: RB Anthony Davis, DL Antaj Hawthorne.

Northwestern (2003 record: 6-7, 4-4 ). 19 starters return, 8 offense (including QB Brett Basanez), 9 defense, plus both kickers.

Illinois (2003 record: 1-11, 0-8). 17 starters return, 8 offense (including QB Jon Beutjer), 8 defensive, plus the punter.

Michigan (2003 record: 10-3, 7-1). 16 starters return, 7 offense, 7 defense, plus both kickers.

Michigan State (2003 record: 8-5, 5-3). 16 starters return; 7 offense, 7 defense, plus both kickers.

Penn State (2003 record: 3-9, 1-7). 15 starters return, 6 offense (including QB Zack Mills), 7 defense, plus both kickers.

Minnesota (2003 record: 10-3, 5-3). 14 starters return, 7 offense, 6 defense, plus the P/PK. Star returners: RB's Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney).

Purdue (2003 record: 9-4, 6-2). 12 starters return, 8 offense (including preseason Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, QB Kyle Orton), 3 defense, plus the place kicker.

Iowa (2003 record: 10-3, 5-3). 11 starters return - 4 offense, 7 defense. Star returneers: LB's Abdul Hodge, Chad Greenway, '03's #1 and #3 Big Ten tacklers.

Ohio State (2003 record: 11-2, 6-2). 11 returners return, 4 offense, 6 defense (including preseason Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, LB A.J. Hawk), plus the place kicker.

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